If you’ve read any number of posts on this blog, you’ll know that I am a huge Star Wars nerd. Next week there is a rumor going around that a new trailer for VIII will be released so you can bet your beer glass that I’ll be glued to the internet to see if it happens. Kendall and I went and saw VII and Rogue One on opening night and will do the same for VIII. So I’m naturally a sucker for Star Wars merchandise. We actually have four toy lightsabers. We got two of them several years ago when we realized having them, drinking a beer or three, and hitting each other in the front yard was less expensive than the fencing lessons we were taking. I have Obi-Wan’s and she has Luke’s. Then as VII was preparing to hit theaters, on Thanksgiving we picked up two of Kylo Ren’s because we felt like it.
So when I saw Revelry’s Red Five Standing By Flander’s Red Ale I had to pick it up in advance of Rogue One (I’ve been sitting on this post for awhile). I held it until we got home from Rogue One and opened it as a celebration of another quality Star Wars movie. Now let me make a couple of points here….I had no idea what a Flanders Ale was (it’s a sour), I hate sours, and Revelry makes good beer. All I saw was Red Ale and I thought it would be something like River Rat’s Broad River Red. Well, I was wrong. I had hints that I’d be wrong as I poured it and noticed the heavy carbonation, and then as I smelled it I knew I was in trouble. It was sour and so I hated it. It tasted like expired Cheerwine. I was livid. Had I done my homework and known what a Flanders Ale was I would have never put myself in the predicament. But I’m such a mark for Star Wars I ignored it. I mean I’ve even talked on here about how Disney needs to start doing Star Wars craft beers. So that’s on me. Now, let’s talk about the packaging and correct a few things here. First, that’s not Red 5 on the bottle. If you know anything about Star Wars, you’d know that Red 5 is in fact Luke Skywalker. So we’re taking away a star for that. The man you see on the bottle appears to be Red Leader. I’m going to give them a star for clever marketing, but the Force is not strong with this one. *.25
Speaking of sours let’s continue that theme here. I picked this Golden Road Hollywood Blondie at the Beverage Outlet down on North Lake a couple of weeks ago. It’s hot and I’ve been trying to keep my focus on hot weather beers at the moment and this one stood out. Good looking can and I do love peaches so why not? Well, sour, that’s why. This isn’t like Red 5 above where I didn’t know what I was getting into with the Flanders Ale. The can says Belgian Ale but it tastes like a sour. I poured it out after a couple of sips and forcing Kendall to try it. **.25
And we’ll continue our treck of sour beers. First, my apologies on this awful pic, I’m usually a pretty decent photographer but for whatever reason I lost it here. Up next is Sierra Nevada’s Otra Vez. I didn’t get hoodwinked on this one either, I was talking to the manager at the Beverage Outlet about sours and he suggested this one is a good starting point. And I agree with him. I still don’t like it, but I do agree with him. It’s not like eating a Sour Patch (which I love) and you can taste a little beer in it. It’s prickly on the tongue and very carbonated, but of all the sours I’ve tried this one is the best. **.75
If you like sours, you’re probably going to enjoy all of these. I checked Beer Advocate and they’re all pretty highly rated so if sour is your thing maybe try one of these.
I picked up a few new beers on Friday at Craft and Draft, where we met Anne and Benjamin to have a birthday happy hour for Kendall. I also picked up a six pack of Summer Solstice, the 32/50 Kolsch, and a four pack of Wicked Weed’s Pernicious IPA at Beverage Outlet. The mix pack contains the following:
- Alltech Brewing Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale
- Frog Level Brewing Kernel Husky Wheat
- French Broad Gateway Kolsch
- Boulevard Brewing American Kolsch
- Catawba Astral Bootie Beer IPA
I’ll have some thoughts next time on Wicked Weed’s recent sale as well. Before I type them out I want to try the product in a bottle and I’ll review a few of the above brews. Until then,